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English translation of a brilliant short lecture on Eid ul Adha by Hazrathji Maulana Sa’ad. What really is sacrifice? [Part 2 of 3]

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As salaamu wa alay kum.

Continued from here

The translation continues here: 

Therefore, the two days of Eid are meant for both, worship as well as sacrifice, and in the same way, their previous nights too are for worship. 

[Translator note: In the case of Eid ul Fitr, its sacrifice of wealth] 

The nights before the Eid have so much significance that if one worships in those nights, then paradise is obligatory [Wa’jib] upon such a person.

Five nights!

Yes, there are five nights that if a person worships in those nights, then paradise is obligatory upon such a person.

Yes! Such deeds are known as virtues on the performance of which Allah promises rewards, but we no more have knowledge or believe in what reward we’d be getting for performing such and such a deed. Whoever does not keep the knowledge of virtues…I think brothers….in the work of tabligh, for a short while he’d listen to ta’lim, ta’lim also being one of the activities, actually, keep listening to the virtues so much…SO much that you’d know the virtue of every single deed when the opportunity of performing it comes up before you such that you’d know what to do at this time and this time and this time….

(What do you think) Is ta’lim just another activity in the work of tabligh…??!

Keep knowledge of the virtues of performing each and every single deed you’d get in the 24 hours of a day…and if you don’t have knowledge nor have belief then you can’t benefit from the work. 

A person who lets go of opportunities of worship lives in ignorance.

Therefore, my dear friends, this night too is a night of worship as well as tomorrow is also a day of worship – the day of Eid. Today’s night…is a night of worship, just like the night of Arafat, yes! Yesterdays’ night too was a night of worship just like today’s night is a night of worship.

8 Dhul Hijjah – Day of Tarwiyah, then.. 9 Dhul Hijjah – Day of Arafah, then…10 Dhul Hijjah – Day of Qurbani – Whosoever worships in these three subsequent nights, Jannah would be obligatory upon him. The other two nights are different – the night before Eid ul Fitr and 15th of Shabaan. Plus these three nights….how many nights in total? Five! Five nights in total.

Therefore, whoever worships in these five nights then jannah is obligatory upon such a person.

Where are the people on the eve of Eid? In the bazaars. No my brothers, all these are but opportunities for ibaadah and its actually commanded that people decorate the days of Eid by proclaiming the greatness of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala [takbeer].

زَيِّنُوا أَعْيَادَكُمْ بِالتَّكْبِيرِ


Adorn your Eid’s by proclaiming the greatness of Allah subhanahu wa ta’la.

Whatever the Muslims have received – they have received it in opposition to the non-Muslims.

That this day was the day they [the non-Muslims in the age of ignorance] decorated their false deities, washed them, cleaned them, beautified them – but right on this day the Muslims were commanded to praise Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, yes, praise Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala or adorn your Eid’s by proclaiming the greatness of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

Its commanded…“ZAYYINU AYYADAKUM BITTAKBIR” meaning adorn your Eid’s by proclaiming the greatness of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

So my dear friends and elders, tomorrows is a day of worship as well as today’s night too is a night of worship, tomorrow being the day of Eid ul Adha.

And give Qurbani [sacrifice] with ALL YOUR HEART, yes, with ALL YOUR HEART, with happiness, with fondness, with all your heart… give sacrifice of the animal and only if one has any love for the sacrificial animal would it then be called a sacrifice, isn’t it?

May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala forgive us all…some people give such a type of qurbani, that on day of Eid they’d give some money to their servants with orders to purchase a sacrificial animal, and give its sacrifice, yes, the rich people don’t even know what kind of animal was purchased, they just give the money and give orders for its sacrifice.

[Translator note: Hazrathji Maulana Sa’ad places a lot of emphasis and speaks with a lot of concern when he speaks the above words].

Once when Hazrathji Maulana Yusuf [rahmatullah alayh] was very young, he reared a goat in his house and that goat was such that…every member of his family absolutely loved it, it even used to sit on the cot and not on the ground and it was so much loved that everyone in the family wanted to have a part of their food set aside from their own to feed the animal – such was the love everybody in the household had for the animal. A part of every fruit, bread, sweets etc, that was in the house had to have a part of it set aside for the goat, and because of this, it was even wonderfully healthy, even Hazrathji Maulana Yusuf [rahmatullah alayh] used to love it a lot.

Then the day of Qurbani arrived and members in his household asked him to get a sacrificial animal, to which Hazrathji replied: “The sacrificial animal is in the house itself!! What’s the need of buying any other animal?!”.   

The family members were shocked and replied: “No! Its like our son! We are not going to sacrifice him!”.

Hazrathji Yusuf replied: Prophet Ibrahim [peace be upon him] too reared his own son, not any others and then… sacrificed him, it was his OWN son!

The WHOLE household of Hazrathji Maulana Yusuf [rahmatullah alayh] was crying profusely when the goat was being sacrificed, seeing which Hazratji said “Now, THIS is REAL sacrifice!!”.

And then when its meat came into the house, nobody wanted to believe that the goat had been sacrificed, yes. Hazrathji Maulana Yusuf [rahmatullah alayh] later said: “When we cooked its meat and sat down to eat, we were all crying thinking that this was the same goat that we so lovingly reared all these years…used to feed it, nurture it for all these years”.

That’s why I suggest, buy the sacrificial animal that many days earlier from the day of Qurbani that you develop an attachment towards it, you develop love towards it. Yes!

Upon such a suggestion people would think that the animal would dirty the house…

Ah! Rather, we should have love towards the sacrificial animal, yes, have love towards the animal, what happens in the houses of the rich? They buy the animal, sacrifice it at the slaughterhouse itself, and what’s more the meat doesn’t even reach the house too!!.

Much more money gets spent on our desires, where’s the sacrifice in spending only a thousand rupees in purchasing the animal and then sacrificing it?.


Glossary of few key words:

Ibaadah / Ibaadat means worship.

Rasam / Rusuvaat means rituals. 

Salah / Namaz means prayers.

Jannah: Paradise

Jahannum: Hell

Ehtesaab: Considering the reward of and having knowledge and belief of  performing good deeds before performing them, also means Reflection.

Ta’lim: Means reading a book on virtues of performing good deeds. 

Eidain: Days of eid.

Dhul Hijjah: Dhu al-Hijjah (ذو الحجة) is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic Calendar.

Day of Tarwiyah: Meaning day of giving water.

Day of Arafat: Arafat is a name of a place in Saudi Arabia and the Day of Arafa (Arabic: يوم عرفة) is an Islamic Holy Day, in which it is said that the religion had been perfected. The original day was on a Friday, but now the Day falls on the 9th day of Dhul Hijja (ذو الحجة) of the lunar Islamic Calendar. This happens to be approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan. It is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day after it is the major Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha. At dawn of this day, Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafa and the Plain of Arafa. It was from this site that Muhammad gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of life. 

Wa’jib: Obligation / Compulsory.

Takbeer: Proclaiming the Greatness of Allah by reciting, Allahu Akbar meaning “Allah is the Greatest.

Hadrath / Hazrath: Respected.

Hazrathji Maulana Yusuf: Muhammad Yusuf Kandhlawi (Arabic: مولانا محمد يوسف كاندهلوي ‎) also known as Hadhratji (1917–1965) was an Islamic religious scholar in pre/post-independence India, who became the second ameer of tablighi jamaat. He was born to a notable family of scholars and was exposed to an environment of piety at a young age. He memorized the Quran at the age of ten and continued to study Hadith and the Islamic Sciences. He had a deep connection with the scholars of the time, and was recognized as one of the great scholars of the time. After his father, Muhammad Ilyas died, he became the Ameer of Tablighi Jamaat.[citation needed] He spent a lot of time and effort in Tabligh as well as scholarly writings. His two most famous books are: Hayat Al-Sahabah (“The Prophet’s Companions’ Way of Life”) and the four volumes of Amani Al-Ahbar Fi Sharh Ma’ani Al-Athar, which is an annotation of a major work by Imam Ahmad Al-Tahawi. He wrote the books Hayatus Sahabah and Muntakhab Ahadith, founded recently by Muhammad Saad from his book library. Muhammad Yusuf died at the age of 48 in Lahore.

Ahkaam / Hukum: Command or commands of Allah.

Udhiyah: Means Qurbani / Sacrifice.

Sunnah: Practice.

Ta’lim: Ta’lim means reading a book on virtues of performing good deeds, for ex. In the work of tabligh, it is advised to read Fadhail e Amaal or Virtues of good deeds, Muntakabh Ahadith or Selected Ahadith and Hayat us Sahabah or Stories from the life of the Companions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him].


…to be continued.

Author: Salman

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